Literature

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  • Estonian literature - born on the margins of Europe

    From the first written records in the 17th century onwards, Estonian literature can be characterised by its tendency to borrow, and by its emphatically European ...
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  • Baltic German literature and its impact

    Chronicles and theatrical performances by the Baltic German nobility, plus the occasional poetry written for various anniversaries, formed the basis for local Baltic German literature ...
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  • Seeking the contours of a ‘truly’ Estonian literature

    In the late-19th-century atmosphere of Russification, one poet emerged whose tragic life and feverish creativity, alternating with mental instability, has had a marked impact on ...
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  • Literature and an independent Estonia

    The rationality of the Young Estonians was to be counterbalanced by the group of writers gathered in the Siuru movement, established in 1917. This movement ...
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  • Estonian literature in two cultural spheres

    The Soviet occupation in 1940, plus subsequent events throughout the war, disrupted the natural development of Estonian literature and split it in two for almost ...
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  • The Fifties and Sixties

    In the 1950s, the relaxation of the strictures of the Soviet régime had enabled various writers to bring a degree of innovation to Estonian literature ...
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  • Literature and congealed time

    Under conditions of intense social pressure in the 1970s, literature acquired a peculiar status as the bearer of liberal thinking and constituted the conscience of ...
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  • A bold new Estonian literature

    The sensual intertextual novel Kuum (Hot, 1990) by literary critic Jaan Undusk (1958), Mati Unt’s and Viivi Luik’s novels, and Hasso Krull’s ...
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